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Social climber: SESC 24 de Maio cultural centre in São Paulo, Brazil by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB ArquitetosSubscription

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A modern-day social condenser, Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB’s SESC 24 de Maio is a utopian vision in an increasingly dystopian political climate

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Modernism nurtured the rich symbiosis between Brazilian architecture and music

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At points across his long career an uncomfortable, arguably luxurious, figure, the Brazilian architect’s work neverthless persisted with a vision of democratic utopia, where all have access to beauty

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Reputations Live: Jack Self on Rem Koolhaas at the Soane MuseumSubscription

Join us at the Soane Museum on Wednesday 6 November for the next talk in the second series of Reputations Live, presenting architecture’s biggest influencers and agitators from the AR’s Reputations series

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Join us at the Architectural Assocation in London on 14 November to experience Tom de Paor’s imagined Ireland

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Instead of falling victim to the economic structures that govern our lives, architecture needs to redefine the value it contributes to society and promote degrowth

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Holiday pay: vacation homes by Living Architecture in the U.K. and Solo Houses in Matarraña, SpainSubscription

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Secular Retreat by Atelier Peter Zumthor and Solo Houses by Pezo von Ellrichshausen and OFFICE KGDVS are drivers for a new form of architectural consumption

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